Rosey things to do in September and October

        Warm, sunny days and cool nights make our roses bloom larger and more brilliantly colored. However, we still have to do our part to make it happen. The summer heat typically continues into the month of September in the Charleston area. Up north where I came from, the temperature usually cools … Continue reading Rosey things to do in September and October

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Rose Gardening Tips – Weed Control

    A weed is a plant that you don’t want. There’s an old saying that if a weed can’t grow in a garden, no other plant will grow there either. When my roses look very healthy, my weeds are just as healthy. At this time of the year, weeds are one of the biggest … Continue reading Rose Gardening Tips – Weed Control

Controlling Some Rose Disease Problems the Safest Way

A bed of Knock Out Roses at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.   As long as you can develop tolerance and not demand total perfection, you can enjoy growing roses without knowing all the solutions to every rose diseases. As we get older, we just don’t have the energy to maintain a perfect disease free rose garden. … Continue reading Controlling Some Rose Disease Problems the Safest Way

Which Mulch is better for roses? Pine Bark or Pine Straw?

    This article appeared in the Carolina Rosarian, Winter 2016 issue of which I was the editor. It was written by Dr. Satish Prabhu, a Master Rosarian and a Rose Show Judge of the American Rose Society.   There is not a simple one or the other kind of answer to this question. In … Continue reading Which Mulch is better for roses? Pine Bark or Pine Straw?